DEPUTY Minister of Youth Tino Machakaire has issued a statement responding to social media reports that he owns the reported US$770,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom supercar that was shipped from Heathrow Airport in London a few days ago.
Machakaire was particularly disturbed by accusations that he looted government funds to afford the purchase, but the businessman who owns nearly 100 regional trucks says he got into Government already loaded and has never won a Government tender.
“I have seen with concern several stories making rounds on various social media platforms particularly Twitter,” said the Wedza South legislator
“Ideally, I would have kept quiet and let time reveal all truths. However, I feel I owe it to you my constituents to set some records straight.
“First and foremost no respectful lawyer and or journalist conducts investigations or trials on social media. It solves and achieves nothing. I would have been impressed had they gone to the public with the results of a thoroughly researched investigation.
“Secondly, it is true, I do have the capacity to buy the car in question and more. In my entire life I have never applied for a Government tender or wish to have one. My business covers the whole of Southern Africa with Regional Contracts.”
Machakaire said that no meaningful investigation was ever conducted on social media, adding thay if there were any queries or questions regarding his source of income, people were always feel free to approach the relevant offices.
“It is a matter of public record that I have declared all my wealth to the government thus I have nothing to hide. I do not appreciate people taking liberties with my name and reputation.
“I have worked hard, day and night to get to where I am today. The possessions I have today we’re not acquired by waging keyboard wars and misleading the masses trying to gain a following. They were acquired by hard work and dedication.
“Those that know me, know that I have an open door policy. I am more than willing to share the story of my success,” said the proprietor of logistics firm Tinmac.
In a veiled response to journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who has been accusing him of looting public funds, Machakaire urged prominent people to use their social media following to for greater good instead of spreading unverified falsehoods.
“Let us not seek relevance by dragging others through the mud. Those in the justice system know that everyone is innocent until proven guilty by the courts of law.
“Let us use our huge followings on social media for the greater good for example making people aware of the danger that is COVID-19 and the importance of being vaccinated. We will go far as a country once we do that.”
Despite tha bashing on social media, Machakaire has also found support from some sympathizers of the opposition. Kudakwashe Musasiwa, a former campaign manager for MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere in the 2018 elections, said Machakaire was already rich before he entered politics.
Jealousy Mawarire, who was with the National Patriotic Front and one of Robert Mugabe’s blue-eyed “boys”, also claimed Machakaire has enough resources outside government to afford that Rolls-Royce supercar in even a month.
Machakaire is reportedly related to another rich businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei. □